September is National Suicide Prevention Month. This is a time to forget the stigma surrounding suicide and to share our stories and resources as a lifeline to others.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention lists suicide as the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. The World Health Organization recognizes suicide as a public health priority and reports approximately 800,000 people die from suicide every year.
Mary Nicholson, 88, of Allentown, died peacefully Sept. 12, 2018, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Langhorne. She was the wife of the late Michael J. Nicholson, of Hazleton, who died in 1970. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she was the youngest daughter of the late Harry Joseph and Kathryn (McLaughlin) Carroll.
She was a 1947 graduate of John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School where she played on the women’s basketball team; making her a lifetime sports fan.
Frank J. Scheck, 78, of Bethlehem, died peacefully Sept. 2, 1028, after a courageous battle. He was the husband of Judith A. (Warnke) Scheck. They celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary in August. Born in Fountain Hill, he was a son of the late Frank and Mary (Datetski) Scheck.
He graduated from Liberty High School in 1958, where he remained active on the reunion committee.
Stephen “Pip” A. Kollar, 71, of Emmaus, died Sept. 3, 2018, in his home. Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Stephen J. and Sophie A. (Billie) Kollar.
He was a master plumber until his retirement.
He is survived by children, Christina, Shawn, Christopher and Stephanie and Ashley Durfey; sisters, Patricia Druckenmiller and Eleanor; brothers, Edward, Daniel and Gregory; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were made by the Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, Emmaus.
Gary L. Steckel, 77, of Macungie, died Sept. 8, 2018, in his residence. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Robert Steckel and Edna (Fenstermacher) Rooney.
He was a retired HVAC technician and an avid gardener with a witty sense of humor.
He is survived by a son, Timothy and his wife Betty, of Allentown; daughter, Jana, of Emmaus; half-brothers, Randall Rooney, Jeffery Rooney and Duane Rooney; half-sisters, Maieve Hartman, Eileen Kupcha, Colleen Nechetsky, Kathleen Wiragh. He was predeceased by a brother, Kerry.
Linda M. Kauffman, 73, of Macungie, formerly of Allentown, died Sept. 16, 2018, in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Jack L. Kauffman. They celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary last May. Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late John F. and Dorothy F. (Stephens) Hrivnak.
She performed clerical work for various companies in the Lehigh Valley.
She served as an organist and choir director for St. John’s E.C. Church for many years.
She enjoyed spending time with her family.
Dale J. “Doc” Stout, 77, of Salisbury Township, died Sept. 15, 2018, in his home. He was the husband of Frances H. “CieCie” (Pors) for 54 years. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Henry A. and Flossie R. (Hoch) Stout.
He was a lineman for Verizon and served in the military police in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
He was a member of Jerusalem Lutheran Church of Eastern Salisbury and was the youngest of 13 children.
He enjoyed meeting his friends at McDonald’s on South 4th Street.
Jane J. (Eschenbach) Oswald, 84, of Alburtis, died Sept. 16, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the loving wife of Lloyd B. Oswald. They were married for 67 years. Born in Alburtis, she was a daughter of the late Charles W. and Helen R. (Heiser) Eschenbach.
She was a member of Church of the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, Alburtis, where she was a Sunday School teacher and served as a former member of the Consistory for 14 years.
George W. Unangst, 87, of Salisbury Township, died Sept. 5, 2018, in Cedarbrook Nursing Home, Allentown. Born in Bethlehem, he was the oldest of eight children of Helen I. (Barthol) and Charles D. Unangst.
He served his country honorably in the Air Force during the Korean War.
He was a truck driver for Faust Construction Company for many years.
Kevin M. Baus, 62, of Macungie, died Sept. 8, 2018, in his home. Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Charles E. and Stella A. (Giniewski) Baus.
He graduated from and played baseball at Allentown Central Catholic High School.
He was a chef in the Lehigh Valley at various restaurants and facilities.
He enjoyed salmon fishing and bicycling.
He is survived by siblings, Kathleen Garger, Craig and his wife Diane, Melodie and her husband Thomas Novatnack, Tracy and her husband Thomas Malinowski, Carol Yaniger and Barbara Loupos; nieces and nephews.